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- The second lowest gearing available from a gearbox.
- (idiomatic, figuratively) Mediocre, sluggish performance.
2011 March 2, Chris Whyatt, “Arsenal 5 - 0 Leyton Orient”, in BBC:
- The hosts remained in second gear after the break although Orient, with impressive Daniels a constant outlet down the right, did at least show a sense of adventure.
second lowest gear